Ferrari flatters to deceive in China

Ferrari flatters to deceive in China

Fernando Alonso was a factor at the top of the timesheets all day. But as GARY ANDERSON and EDD STRAW explain, this doesn't mean that Ferrari has suddenly become best of the rest

Mercedes is fastest, you don't need AUTOSPORT to tell you that. Even though the team endured a tougher Friday at Shanghai that it has been used to, the car that has walked the first three races remains the one to beat.

But Ferrari's speed was eye-catching. Fernando Alonso was fastest in the morning session, fastest on medium tyre pace in the afternoon by just over half-a-second and ultimately just 0.141s slower than Lewis Hamilton's fastest time.

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